The SVIAC Board of Directors are both proud and pleased to announce we have now moved into the delivery phase of the Sooke River Chinook Revitalization Initiative (SRCRI). We have recently received approval in principal from DFO for SRCRI – Enhancement Component – Phase One, the out-planting of 200,000 Chinook smolts into temporary marine enclosures in the spring of 2017. Our smolt out-planting proposal has been approved in DFO by the Salmon Enhancement Program, the Stock Assessment Group and Fisheries and Aquaculture Management and has been included into the 2016/2017 draft salmon Integrated Fisheries Management Plan as part of the SEP production plan.
Additionally, SVIAC has recently learnt our application for grant funding from the Pacific Salmon Foundation to assist with the major equipment costs associated with the project has been approved. We are also in the process of purchasing the appropriate marine enclosure equipment in order to be ready for next spring. As the budget for year one of this phase is high, we really hope the angling community will help us raise funds for this excellent project. Watch for opportunities to support this initiative in the very near future!
Updates will be posted on the SRCRI page of this website.